ELECTION 2016: It Comes Down To Which ‘Strongman’ America Wants

Written by Andrew Allen on November 5, 2016

By Deplorable Andrew Allen

Once in a while you hear a truth and when you hear it, everything makes sense. So it went today, the last Friday before election day.

In the hallway where I work, a middle-aged woman with two of her peers were openly discussing the election. They were Hillary supporters. It was obvious they were Hillary supporters because they were quite upset that Trump supporters had the audacity to post signs and bumper stickers, wear hats and shirts, and otherwise advertise to the world their support for Donald Trump.

Yes, if they could get away with it they’d deny Trump supporters their right to express their preference for one candidate over the other.

As Interesting as That Truth Is
As interesting as that particular truth is, it didn’t trigger my light-bulb of understanding moment. We’re far enough down the rabbit hole in 2016 that liberals and their knee-jerk fascist tendencies are no longer surprising.

In the public schools, teachers openly ostracize students who refuse to accept progressive indoctrination. The majority of the media is brazenly in the tank for hard left ideology; so deeply they’ve gotten away with gerrymandering Presidential debates. Trump rallies are attacked by vicious mobs of Democrats and Republican Party offices are subjected to politically driven terrorism and all punditry has to say about it is Alicia Machado. Speaking of Machado, virtually every left-wing martyr for the cause has a rap sheet a mile long or a history of behavior that would be embarrassing except…

We’re Smarter Than Everybody Else
Liberals can willfully excuse the objectionable behavior of a Hillary Clinton or Alicia Machado because liberals think they and they alone are smarter than everyone else. That truth didn’t trigger my light-bulb moment either. Everyone reading this article has witnessed at least once in their lives what I witnessed in the hallway on Friday.

Liberals think they are smarter than everyone else. The results were pretty hilarious as the three tried to outdo each other with their smarmy, snarky preening. They were practically tripping over themselves trying to correct each other’s commentary, or interject themselves into the conversation.

That’s why liberals can grant Hillary Clinton – or any other liberal elite – a pass for things they’d burn you or me at the stake for saying or doing. That grey thing sitting between liberal ears is convinced that the intellectual strength of their ideology is more important than bedrock values like right and wrong.

This Election Is About a Strongman
The woman cackled, “what we need is a strong bitch mutha”. I presume an f-bomb was supposed to round out her statement of support for Hillary Clinton, but she didn’t go there. That’s when the light bulb went off in my mind.

On both sides of whatever remains of the aisle, the choices are a strongman. Is that what we get after eight years of lazy Obama fecklessness and the toleration of mediocrity that’s gone along with it? That’s another column for another time. For the first time in a very long time, America’s choice for President has come down to strongmen.

Which Strongman?
Whether a strongman election has revealed America’s current political trajectory to have more in common with South American tin-pot dictatorships than with our own history is debatable. The answer may be found in the outcome on election night.

Consider that in the balance are outcome and opportunity. Whether Americans choose a President who will use her strongman position to ensure equality of outcome, or a President who will use his strongman position to guarantee equality of opportunity, will tell us a lot about the country in which we live.

Equalized outcome means everyone shares in the same moribund existence – never aspiring and never driven towards improvement but instead mired in state-mandated sameness. Equalized opportunity means the sky is the limit – all you have to do is work hard and achieve things.

That’s not all that’s in the balance. So is our intellectual depth, or lack thereof. With one candidate, the choice is represented by ideas informed by an ideology. With the other, ideas inform the ideology.

Every idea Hillary Clinton has proposed is rooted in a political culture that allows ideology to inform its ideas. It’s a very narrow-minded, shallow form of thinking that throughout world history has never served humanity well. Its malevolence is measured in tens of millions that perished when such ideas – such as Stalin’s agricultural policies – failed and human lives were the toll.

By contrast, Donald Trump – and conservatism in general – allows ideas to inform the ideology. The result is an inclusive, holistic, and adult political culture that has never failed anywhere it has been allowed to persist. Everywhere you find peace and prosperity you also find the conservative point of view prevalent – whether it’s measured as red states versus blue states or as a comparison between two nations.

What’s it going to be America?

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Andrew Allen
Andrew Allen (@aandrewallen) grew up in the American southeast and for more than two decades has worked as an information technoloigies professional in various locations around the globe. A former far-left activist, Allen became a conservative in the late 1990s following a lengthy period spent questioning his own worldview. When not working IT-related issues or traveling, Andrew Allen spends his time discovering new ways to bring the pain by exposing the idiocy of liberals and their ideology.